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UCLA Children's Book Collection


Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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by Very, Lydia L. A. (Lydia Louisa Anna), 1823-1901; Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
texts
eye 4,434
favorite 16
comment 0
Topic: Folklore -- Germany
California Digital Library
by Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860
texts
eye 1,284
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's list tipped in back of volume: p.[1]-16
Topics: Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860, Goodrich family, Ely family, Ridgefield (Conn.)
California Digital Library
by Felter, John D
texts
eye 1,281
favorite 0
comment 0
Brown diapered cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine blocked in gilt
Topics: Conduct of life, Cousins
California Digital Library
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
texts
eye 1,193
favorite 6
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The ice-maiden.--The butterfly.--Psyche.--The snail and the rosebush
Topic: Children's stories, Danish
California Digital Library
by Budden, Maria Elizabeth, 1780?-1832; Bross, Robert S., b. ca. 1831; Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905; Orr, John William, 1815-1887
texts
eye 1,133
favorite 5
comment 0
Publisher's lavender wave-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold; all edges gilt
Topics: Conduct of life, Happiness
California Digital Library
by St. Obyn, E. A
texts
eye 1,012
favorite 2
comment 0
Publisher's violet wave grain cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine stamped in gold
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Filmer, John
texts
eye 855
favorite 3
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The burial of the first born -- Taking him in hand -- Cruelty to the fatherless boy
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Kronheim, Joseph Martin, 1810-1896
texts
eye 853
favorite 2
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Children's stories, Children -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885; Andrew, John, 1815-1875; Kilburn, Samuel Smith
texts
eye 850
favorite 1
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The cardinal flower -- The thunder storm -- I'm for peace -- The blue-bird's nest -- The jack-o'-lantern -- The fountain
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885
texts
eye 661
favorite 1
comment 0
The light-hearted girl -- Cheerful obedience -- Submission
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Christian life
California Digital Library
by Alden, Joseph, 1807-1885
texts
eye 578
favorite 1
comment 0
The lost lamb -- A day in June -- The poor paymaster -- Forgiveness -- The drunkard's daughter -- The looking-glass
Topics: Christian life, Conduct of life